In part one of our three-part series looking back on 2022’s “People, Places, & Profit,” we examined partner hires, the continued leverage model shift, and debuted the Professional Staff per Lawyer (PSPL) metric. In part two, we’re looking deeper into the domestic markets where Am Law 200 and NLJ 350 law firms are opening offices.

As mentioned in part one, New York and Washington, D.C., were the most active markets for Am Law 200 partner hires in 2022, which will be the case in most years. But even as law firms continue wrestling with back-to-office policies and initiatives, it didn’t stop expansion into new markets. Houston edged Miami for the most office openings, although if you consider Miami & Fort Lauderdale as one broader market, southeast Florida wins top honors.